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Programs for P-12 Students

Anderson Elementary Students Visit CMC, NSW and McIntyre Exhibit

Thursday, November 03, 2016

This fall, Kathryn Batten, coordinator of Randall Library’s Curriculum Materials Center, invited Watson College students interning in area fourth-grade classrooms to bring students to campus to participate in applied learning activities and tour the Mike McIntyre Congressional Collection in UNCW’s Randall Library.

On Oct. 20, a group including Watson College senior Heather McKay, teachers Kristine Eason and Jennifer O’Connell, and 44 fourth graders from Anderson Elementary School arrived at the Watson College.

Batten and library specialist Tonia McCoy talked with students about the role of a congressman, leadership traits needed to succeed in the role and ways congressmen can help in real situations like North Carolina’s recent experience with Hurricane Matthew. They helped students design postcards around the theme, “Congressman for a Day.”

Students also visited Nuclear Science Week Tech Expo exhibits on display in the Education Building atrium and enjoyed a picnic lunch before heading to Randall Library to see the McIntyre exhibit. The exhibit, “Mike Works for Me from SENC to Washington, D.C.,” celebrates former Congressman Mike McIntyre’s 18 years in Congress.

In a special video presentation tailored to this elementary school audience, NC’s former congressman discussed the American government, the electoral process and citizen rights, giving students the opportunity to hear first-hand about issues that are important to the 7th Congressional District.

Jerry Parnell, coordinator of Randall Library’s Special Collections and Rebecca Baugnon, library specialist engaged students in a discussion of local, state and national issues and provided a tour of the congressional papers, photographs and awards and recognitions included in the McIntyre exhibit.

The students wrote personal notes to the former Congressman on their postcards after touring the exhibit. 

The McIntyre exhibit at UNCW was introduced in February 2016 and will run through Dec. 10.

About the McIntyre Exhibit

Mike McIntyre, who represented North Carolina’s 7th District, donated his congressional papers to the William Madison Randall Library Special Collections in November 2014. The public can view the exhibit in the Special Collections Room and the Sundial Gallery through Dec. 10, 2016.

Randall Library Special Collections contains rare books, manuscripts and other materials that have special historical significance for the Lower Cape Fear Region, including the North Carolina Coastal Federation manuscript collection and papers of Congressman Alton Lennon.